1. Do a bit of research.
2. Prepare some questions.
3. Stay in touch.
4. But try not to stifle them.
5. Be wary of texting or Facebook messaging.
6. Take them outside.
Going for a walk around the park won't magically cure their depression but it'll make them see that they don't have to hide away all day. Depression is incredibly isolating, so having someone who will take you outside can feel amazing. Find spaces that are nonthreatening, like parks, gardens, and canal walkways.
7. Freshen up their living space.
8. Encourage them to eat.
9. Don't be afraid of silences.
10. Buy them a brand new notebook.
11. Arrange an activity that doesn't involve alcohol.
12. Offer to help them establish a routine.
13. Make them a mixtape.
14. Encourage them to seek help.
15. Inform people who are close to them if things are taking a bad turn.
16. Take a step back if it's getting too much.
If you need information and practical advice on depression, you can call the Mind infoline on 0300 123 3393 (9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday), if you're in the UK.
You can call the Samaritans for confidential support if you’re experiencing feelings of distress or despair on 116 123 (UK), 116 123 (ROI).
And you can call the Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255 at any time of the day if you’re based in the US.